We only ship our cheeses a few times a year and in limited quantities. This allows us to produce these cheeses in batches sustainable to our small production specifically for these special releases. While we do post to social media, these releases can sell out quickly on email announcements alone! If you’d like to be notified of our shipping releases you can join the waitlist by adding your information here and checking the "cheese waitlist" box.
While we are working on the infrastructure and staffing requirements to welcome visitors, we are not currently open for visitors. This includes individuals or families that are willing to "help out" during their visit. We ask that you do not show up to the farm until we are ready to open for guests.
To get notified of on-farm events and when we open for visitors, you can sign up here and check the "on-farm visits & events" box.
At this time we are not offering on-farm pick-up or purchasing. We are working on offering weekly pick-up hours, though, so stay tuned!
For non-perishable and shelf-stable items, shipping is free for orders above $65 unless otherwise noted on the product page. Orders under $65 will vary based on delivery zone, package size, and weight. Perishable and refrigerated items are only shipped a few times a year with special flat-rate or free shipping.
Because of the skills required to safely work with animals and the ongoing trust relationship between our animals and people, the short answer to this is no.
While your work in this scenario may be contributed for free, it's not helpful for us spend the time educating, training, and supervising someone who will only be here a few hours. In fact, it's a burden on the farm and staff as the work takes longer and risk of injury to animals and people is higher.
Educating and training members of the public is a full time job and so is farming. The two cannot safely be done concurrently by the same person. We are hoping to fund a staff position entirely dedicated to coordinating volunteer experiences like this.
In the meantime, we will be holding special volunteering events in the spirit of community work days that will help us with important projects like preparing wool for dyeing, seasonal foraging, barn-raising, and pasture-expansion.
If you would like to support the farm AND learn to work with our animals for an afternoon, we'll be offering experiences like bottle feeding baby goats as private bookings with Lee and our staff. This allows us to spend time with you and offer an amazing farm experience without placing a burden on the farm.
You can always feel free to reach out via our contact form if you are requesting a food donation. However, we already have a robust mutual aid program providing food free of charge to prioritized communities and our production is tailored to this. That means most of our food is spoken for.
We do not donate to non-profit organizations for fundraising events but you can reach out via our contact form to purchase at our non-profit event rate.
It depends on the goat. Some of the bucks here will be sold as breeding bucks and some will be sold as pack goats or pets. Others will be raised in our meat herd where they will be treated with the same love and care as any other goat on the farm during their time here. Finally a few will be kept as breeding bucks or pets, depending on the year.
Once we decide to retire a milking goat from our dairy herd, they will live the rest of their life in retirement. Some of them will stay here on the farm, some will start a new life as a pet in a new backyard herd.
This depends on the goat, their relationship within the herd, their health, and the milking needs of the farm.
This means that while some goats may spend their entire milking career here at Moxie Ridge before they retire, some will move on to new homes while they are in milking conidition. In these cases, they are sold to responsible farmsteaders and may continue milking as a way of supporting their new family.
Every goat in our milking herd gets a health and wellness evaltuation each year before entering into our breeding program. Our goats may be a part of the milking herd anywhere from 1 - 6 years based on these evaluations and the factors described above.
Moxie Ridge is a closed herd, which means that we very rarely bring new animals in. If we do, it is to contribute new genetics to the herd.
We recommend reaching out to a rescue specializing in goats.